The Taal Volcano, located in the province of Batangas in the Philippines, suddenly erupted after nearly half a century of inactivity. Apart from a series of earthquakes caused by the eruption, ashfall has been one of the major effects of the volcanic event. Volcanic ash has covered towns and cities in Southern Luzon and Metro Manila. Consequently, there has been a shortage of supplies of face masks in the said areas. What is ashfall or volcanic ash? What danger can it cause residents who would inhale it? According to experts, inhalation of volcanic ash can cause severe harm to human health.
The Philippines’ Department of Health stated the effects of exposure to volcanic ash (Rappler, 2019). Once a person inhales or gets exposed to volcanic ash, the following conditions may arise:
- Throat irritation
- Bronchitis and bronchitis-like diseases
- Breathing difficulties
- Eye irritation
- Skin problems
To prevent the harmful effects of volcanic ash, the authorities advised the residents to use face masks. However, supplies of face masks in the affected areas ran out shortly after the volcanic eruption. The Black 6 Project is accepting donations for the purchase of face masks, which will immediately be sent to the affected areas in the Philippines. You can send your donations through this link:
With your donations, you are helping us The Black 6 Project, in fulfilling our mission of giving a hand to those affected by the volcanic eruption in the Philippines.